BHSU students to host Curiosity Week, engaging campus, community to learn

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, November 5, 2015/Categories: 2015

The Black Hills State University International Student Organization (ISO) is ready to begin Curiosity Week, a weeklong event that invites the BHSU community to simply, be curious.

The International Student Organization spearheaded Curiosity Week, Nov. 7-14, and was supported by a variety of BHSU student organizations and offices. Events have been planned that education BHSU students on a variety of campus activities from student organizations, classes, athletic events and study abroad programs.

"We believe that BHSU has a great potential, a pool of amazing students and passionate leaders that will one day help shape the world we live in," said Karin Humar, business administration-marketing major from Slope, Slovenia and ISO president. "So why not organize a week of curiosity to encourage everyone to try new things, start saying "YES!" and equip them with the idea that 'Anything is possible'."

She noted that all organizations and BHSU departments are encouraged to participate by reminding themselves and students to "be curious." Everyone on campus and in the community are encouraged to try new things and see the world with a different perspective.

Curiosity Week kicks off Saturday, Nov. 7 with the International Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BHSU Student Union. The annual festival offers the opportunity to try ethnic dishes from 18 countries from around the world.

Other events during the week include study abroad, student organization and major fairs, a Say YES! Conference, Geek Speak lecture and football game. Humar encourages those that have not attended a Geek Speak lecture or Yellow Jacket event to do so this week.

"We only regret things we didn't do in our lives and curiosity is a great characteristic to have. It dares us to try new things," Humar said. "I want to show BHSU students and the community what we offer on campus and reiterate how important it is to be curious, opened minded and involved."

Curiosity Week events will include:
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 - International Food Festival, 11a.m. to 1p.m., BHSU Student Union. Attendees will try ethnic food from 18 countries from around the world.
  • Monday, Nov. 9 - "Say YES!" Study Abroad Fair, 11 a.m. to 1p.m. , BHSU Student Union atrium. Students will meet with current international exchange students and domestic students to learn more about study abroad programs at the University.
  • Monday, Nov. 9 - All Org/Student Social, 6 to 7 p.m., Club Buzz. The social is a networking event where students can meet members of the more than 70 BHSU student organizations and learn how to get involved.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 - Majors Event, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., BHSU Student Union atrium. BHSU faculty and staff will be available to talk about the variety of programs available at BHSU.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 - "Say YES!" conference, 4 to 6 p.m., Jacket Legacy Room, BHSU Student Union. Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU professor emeritus, will present the keynote address and share the critical role of education, the importance of a positive and optimistic attitude and how young leaders in the 21st century can excel. Following Ahmad's address, Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communications at BHSU, will lead a discussion with Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU, and Dr. Barbara Looney, professor of management at BHSU, on the importance of saying yes and how it opened the doors to new opportunities in their careers and personal life.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 - Geek Speak, "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World's Rights" with Dr. Nikki Dragone, assistant professor of English, 4 p.m., Jonas Hall, room 110.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 - BHSU Football Game, BHSU vs. Western N.M., 12 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium.
Also included in the week's events, is a BHSU Math Club scavenger hunt. Students are asked to snap a photo of anything on campus that is related to math and share it to social media. Participants are asked to use the hashtags #BHSU, #BHSUMathClub and #BHSUCuriosityWeek when sharing photos. Photos will be entered to win a prize.

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